Adventures of Benyameen (June 2013)
Benyameen knelt beside his bed, his heart heavy for the seven men held in a restricted prison for twenty-two years. For the last twelve months, authorities repeatedly turned down his request to visit these men whom he calls "spiritual sons." Tears running down his face, he prayed.
As the clouds outside his shuttered window moved, a narrow shaft of light from the setting sun streamed into the room through the cracks and crevices in the window. Tickled by the light, he opened his eyes and began to read his worn-out, well-used Bible. He began reading Isaiah 58:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
Even as his eyes scanned the words on the page, he heard God speaking to him. He felt God directing him to prayer. He sensed God encouraging him to fast and pray. As he prayed, he felt strengthened and emboldened. During that period of prayer, he did not even realize the passage of time. His family later told him that he had been in prayer for three days. He rose from the floor and left the room ready to meet his seven spiritual sons held in prison.
The following day, along with a few other Christian Believers, Benyameen set out to the restricted prison where the seven were held. As the small band of Believers reached the threatening edifice of the prison, with its towering walls and barbed wire, they could hear the "click, click" of soldiers' boots as they patrolled the gates.
At the gates the soldiers stopped, interrogated, and checked them just as they did in times past. But this time, Benyameen had the assurance that God would open the door for them. The guards escorted them to the prison cell. Benyameen and the other Believers gave the men the clothes and also brought the encouraging message of Yeshua's (Jesus Christ's) love and comfort to the men held in prison.
Benyameen returned home that evening praising God, "My God lives, He hears the petition of His Children" (The Bible, I Peter 3:12).
*Based on a true story. Names have been changed
This article originally appeared in the June 2013 of the Win 10/40 Reporter.
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